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Marketing Portal and Fulfillment Warehouse Licenses
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3VAC5-70-240

3VAC5-70-240. Marketing portal and fulfillment warehouse approval process.

A. Any holder of a wine or beer shipper's license wishing to use the services of a marketing portal or fulfillment warehouse, as defined in § 4.1-209.1 of the Code of Virginia, must use an approved marketing portal or fulfillment warehouse. Marketing portals or fulfillment warehouses licensed to perform such services by the state in which they are located may apply for approval to provide such services to holders of Virginia wine or beer shipper's licenses by letter to the Supervisor, Tax Management Section, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, requesting such approval. Each applicant shall submit as attachments copies of all licenses issued by the state in which its place of business is located that authorize the provision of the services to be provided. A marketing portal shall submit as attachments copies of documents showing that it is properly organized as an agricultural cooperative in the state where it is located. The board may refuse, suspend, or revoke approval if it shall have reasonable cause to believe that a marketing portal or fulfillment warehouse is not licensed to provide such services by its home state, that it has failed to comply with the regulations of the board, or that a cause exists with respect to the marketing portal or fulfillment warehouse that would authorize the board to refuse, suspend, or revoke a license pursuant to § 4.1-100 et seq. of Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia. Before refusing, suspending, or revoking such approval, the board shall follow the same administrative procedures accorded an applicant or licensee under § 4.1-100 et seq. of Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia and regulations of the board.

B. Any approved marketing portal or fulfillment warehouse shall, prior to performing services for a wine or beer shipper's licensee, enter into a written contract. The contract must designate the marketing portal or fulfillment warehouse as the agent of the shipper for the purposes of complying with the provisions of this regulation and §§ 4.1-209 and 4.1-209.1 of the Code of Virginia. A copy of each such contract shall be submitted by the marketing portal or fulfillment warehouse to the Supervisor, Tax Management Section, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, prior to the commencement of services.

C. Approved fulfillment warehouses shall maintain for two years complete and accurate records of all shipments made on behalf of Virginia wine or beer shippers, including for each shipment:

1. Number of containers shipped;

2. Volume of each container shipped;

3. Brand of each container shipped; and

4. Names and addresses of recipients.

The records required by this subsection shall be made available for inspection and copying by any member of the board or its special agents upon request.